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Jean Katzer

MOMENCE - Visitation for Jean Katzer, 67, of Momence, will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Cotter Funeral Home, Momence, where services will be at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. John VanDerBorgh will officiate.
Burial will be in Fairmount-Willow Hill Memorial Park, Willow Springs.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mrs. Katzer died Wednesday (March 31, 1999) at her residence.
She was born Feb. 1, 1932 in Chicago, the daughter of Walter E. and Jennie Lystra Oppenhuis.
Surviving are her husband, Fred Katzer, whom she married Dec. 4, 1989 in Momence; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Bob and Mary Cramer of Indiana and Tom Cramer of Florida; two daughters and sons- in-law, Debra and Albert Wiersma of Montana and Lynn and Ron Lewis of Momence; grandchildren, Alicia Cramer, Richard Cramer, Jeffrey Cramer, Rick Seeman, Candice Seeman, John Buchanan, Tandy Cramer, Danielle Cramer, Denise and Mark Bausch, Chris and Tracy Plum, Kim and Earl Jolliss, Albert Wiersma Jr.; six great-grandchildren, Kyler Seeman, Amanda Hooper, Kayla Jasmann, Kaleb Bausch, Tyler Plum, Cole Jolliss; step-children, Shawn and Aaron Crook of North Carolina, Cathy and Randy Honey of Bourbonnais and Betty and Frank Martin of Kankakee; step-grandchildren, Britteny Crook, Brandon and Curtis Honey, Chrissy and Jessie Martin; one sister, Marjorie Trenning of Momence; one brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Bonnie 

Othie Nowman

COAL CITY - Othie E. ''Pat'' Nowman, 80, of Coal City, died Wednesday (March 31, 1999) in Walnut Grove Healthcare Center in Morris.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at Reeves Funeral Home, Coal City, where services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Mark Jendrysik will officiate.
Burial will be in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Walnut Grove Activity Department.
He was born Feb. 13, 1919 in Wilmington, the son of John and Ruth Frost Nowman.
A veteran of World War II, he served with the Army in the South Pacific.
Mr. Nowman was employed by Celotex Corporation, Wilmington, for 47 years, retiring in 1981.
Surviving are his wife, the former Anna Lankers, whom he married June 22, 1940 in Coal City; one son, Edward Nowman of Coal City; one daughter, Patti Nowman of Morris; two sisters, Rose O'Brien of California and Marie (Bob) Stainbrook of Wilmington; one brother, Harold (Jean) Nowman of Wilmington; and many nieces and nephews.
Three brothers and three sisters are deceased.

Oppenhuis of Grant Park.

Her parents and one sister, Cornelia Baker, are deceased.
A homemaker, she was a member of Momence Christian Reformed Church.
(Pd.)

James Fleming

COAL CITY - James R. Fleming, 62, of Coal City, died Wednesday (March 31, 199) in the Morris Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday by the Rev. Mark Jendrysik at Assumption Catholic Church in Coal City, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
He was born Sept., 4, 1936 in Morris, the son of James B. and Catherine Rotel Fleming, who are deceased.
He was a 1953 graduate of Marmion Military Academy; 1957 graduate of Notre Dame, receiving a bachelor's degree; and 1961 graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, receiving his Juris Doctorate.
He worked as an assistant Cook County States Attorney under Dan Ward. He began his legal practice in 1967, which continued until retiring in September 1998.
He was a member of the Illinois Bar Association.
He served in the Army with the Paratroopers.
Surviving are his wife, the former Cathryn Campo, whom he married Sept. 24, 1966 in Coal City; two daughters, Christina Fleming and her fiance David Giesinger of Palatime and Maria Fleming of Green Acres, Wash.; and several cousins.

Cletus McNeal

Cletus McNeal, 76, of Kankakee, died Wednesday (March 31, 1999) at the St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island.
Arrangements are pending at the Jones Funeral Home, Kankakee.

Marie Dinelli

SOUTH WILMINGTON - Marie Margaret Dinelli, 88, of South Wilmington, died today (April 1, 1999) at the Grundy County Home in Morris.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, South Wilmington Chapel, where services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in South Wilmington, where she was a member and member of its CCW.
Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Braidwood.
Memorials may be made to the South Wilmington Ambulance Fund.
She was born Nov. 17, 1910 in East Brooklyn, the daughter of Hector and Mary Bottino Jerbi.
Her husband, Renald Dinelli, whom she married Dec. 25, 1944 in South Wilmington is deceased. Also preceding her in death were one brother, Erb Jerbi and a sister, Johanna Jerbi.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Johanna and Michael Kerwin of Joliet; two grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Adelaide Jerbi of Baltimore, Md., and John and Elaine Jerbi of Chino, Calif.; one sister-in- law, Novi Jerbi of South Wilmington; and nieces and nephews.
She enjoyed quilting.

Neoma Buff

EL PASO - Neoma Buff, 78, of El Paso, formerly of Chatsworth and Piper City area, died Tuesday (March 30, 1999) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services, all at Hager Memorial Home, Chatsworth. The Rev. Lacy Williams will officiate.
Burial will be in Chatsworth Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
She was born Feb. 21, 1921 in Lesterville, Mo., the daughter of Dewey and Dessie Russell Lancaster.
Her husband, Leonard Buff, whom she married March 20, 1943 in St. Louis, Mo., died in 1984.
Surviving are three daughters and one son-in-law, Sharon Woolman of Braidwood, Charlotte and Mike Kretzer of El Paso and Brenda Creson of Arkansas; one son and daughter-in-law, Frankie and Stephanie Buff of Chatsworth; one sister and one brother, in Missouri; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two brothers, one grandson and one great-grandson.

Delores Morris

BIG SANDY, Tenn. - Delores Mae ''Dode'' Morris, 66, of Big Sandy, Tenn., Kankakee native, died Tuesday (March 30, 1999) at her residence.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. today until the 1 p.m. services at Stockdale-Malin Chapel in Big Sandy.
Cremation rites are to be accorded.
She was born May 23, 1932 in Kankakee, the daughter of Leodore and Gladys Hanes LaMontage. Her husband, Alvie Hawkins is deceased.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Shelia and Wayne Schroeder of Big Sandy; adopted son and his spouse, Jason P. and Jennifer Watson of Camden, Tenn.; and two sisters, Mildred Odell of Kankakee and Goldie Greer of Aurora.
A grandchild is deceased.

Robert Stilwell

PONTIAC - A memorial service for Robert E. Stilwell, 58, of Bourbonnais and formerly of Pontiac, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Pontiac, where he was a member. The Rev. Donald Black will officiate.
Friends may visit with the family in the Fellowship Hall, following the service.
Arrangements are by Harris- Martin-Burke Funeral Home, Pontiac.
Inurnment will be private.
Memorials may be made to Pontiac Township High School Athletics or to the American Cancer Society.
Mr. Stilwell died Monday (March 29, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
He was born Oct. 8, 1940 in Pontiac, the son of James W. and Mabel A. Fuss Stilwell, who are deceased.
He was a 1961 graduate of Pontiac Township High School.
Mr. Stilwell was the owner and operator of Stilwell Insurance Agency in Bourbonnais.
Surviving are four daughters and three sons-in-law, Barbara and Jim Pritz of Bloomington, Robin and Joseph Poston of Oklahoma City, Okla., Kiristen and Ryan Rink of Kankakee and Marren Stilwell of Massena, Iowa; two sons and one daughter-in- law, James ''Gus'' and Shelly Stilwell of Oklahoma City and Adam Stilwell of Bradley; 10 grandchildren; a special loved one, JoAnn Rundles of Matteson; one brother and sister-in- law, William ''Billy'' and Becky Stilwell of Pontiac; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Linda and John Tucker of El Paso, Ill. and Jeannie and James Walls of Pontiac;.
A grandson, Casey Stilwell is deceased.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Bradley.
He enjoyed golfing and high school football and basketball.
(Pd.)

William Therien

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Former Momence Chevrolet dealer William R. ''Bill'' Therien, 77, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died Wednesday (March 24, 1999), after a lengthy illness.
He was the Chevrolet Dealer in Momence until retiring in 1984. He was named to the 1984/85 Who's Who in the Midwest. Chosen for outstanding achievement in business and civic affairs, he was involved as chairman or director of many local and county organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and the United Way. Also, he was treasurer of the City of Momence; chairman of St. Jude Chicago League and director/ lay advisor for St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Mr. Therien actively served on the boards of the Momence Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, both of which he served as president, and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. He also served as director of Momence Federal Savings and Loan Association.
He was an active member of the Illinois Automotive Dealers Association and a strong supporter of the Momence Gladiolus Festival for many years.
He had been a licensed insurance broker since 1960 until retiring and also a trustee of IATA Insurance Trust Board, Springfield.
He was a graduate of St. Joseph College in Rensselaer and graduated second in his class at General Motors Management School.
He also was a veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Clairdel Phillips Therien, whom he married Jan. 30, 1942 in Momence.
Mr. Therien was born Sept. 29, 1921 in Momence, the son of William W. and Catherine Sweet Therien.
Surviving him are his daughters, Nancy Therien of Scottsdale, and Cindy Jacobsen of Phoenix, Ariz.; and four granddaughters.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memorial Honor Department, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

Herbert Frake Sr.

CLIFTON - Herbert W. ''Herb'' Frake Sr., 75, of Clifton, died of a short illness, Thursday (April 1, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Clifton, where he was a member. The Rev. Lee Bacchi will officiate.
Cremation rites will follow the services.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
He was born Feb. 17, 1924 at Ashkum, the son of Michael and Margaret Bauer Frake.
His first wife, the former Anne Trainor whom he married May 29, 1949 at Blackstone, Ill., died in 1953.
Surviving are his wife, the former Marilyn Gerardo, whom he married July 17, 1954 at Toluca, residing in Clifton; two sons and daughters-in- law, Herb and Karie Frake Jr. of Clifton and Tom and Lana Frake of Oswego; four daughters and one son- in-law, Mary Lou O'Brien of Scottsdale, Ariz., Maryanne Olson of Walnut, Ill., Lisa Frake of Oak Brook and Lori and Bill Lamping of Clifton; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Germaine Phillips of Wilmette and Dolores and Mike Karp of Aurora; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Wilfred Frake and James and Laura Frake, all of Glenview; and seven grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, three brothers and two sisters.
Mr. Frake was a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago.
A lifelong farmer, he also was a John Deere dealer from 1952-1972, nine years in Toluca and 12 years in Clifton.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the OSS of the Army.
He was a member of the Kankakee Knights of Columbus, the Clifton Lions Club, Central VFW 2131, Clifton American Legion, Farm Bureau and active in the Soil, Water and Wildlife Conservation.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Eldon Colthurst

SOUTH LYON, Mich. - Eldon Duane Colthurst, 84, of South Lyon, Mich., formerly of Kankakee, died March 30, 1999 at his home.
He was born April 28, 1914 near Reddick, the son of Melvin and Hattie Colthurst.
Surviving are his wife, the former Roberta Cheadle, whom he married March 1, 1941; three sons and daughters-in-law, Howard and Patricia, Barton and Lynn and Eric and Susan; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Norm Sunstad; five grandchildren; and one brother and sister-in-law, Dale and LaVerne of Reddick.
Services were held today at Phillips Funeral Home in South Lyon.
Mr. Colthurst was a retired employee of International Harvester Company, where he worked for many years.

Marilyn Goldenstein

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Marilyn J. Goldenstein, 67, of Columbus, Ga., died Feb. 22, 1999, at her home.
Cremation rites were accorded. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. April 3 at Flesher Pearce Wilson Cemetery in Crescent City. The Rev. Joseph Hughes will officiate.
Local arrangements are by Baier Funeral Home, Watseka.
She was born March 15, 1932 in Watseka, the daughter of George and Mabel Hotaling Goldenstein, who are deceased.
She was a nurse in the Navy and is survived by several cousins.

Maria Gaytan

Maria G. ''Lupe'' Gayton, 60, of Kankakee, died Thursday (April 1, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Monday at Cotter Funeral Home, Mo-mence.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Teresa's Catholic Church, Kankakee.

Loretta Dahler

MANTENO - Loretta Dahler, 73, of Manteno, died today (April 2, 1999) at her home, following an extended illness.
Arrangements are scheduled for visitation on Monday from 3-9 p.m. and services on Tuesday at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Manteno.

Ruth Brown

ST. ANNE - Ruth Brown, 82, of St. Anne, died Thursday (April 1, 1999) at her home.
Arrangements are pending at the Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.

Antoine Price

ST. ANNE - Antoine Price, 35, of St. Anne, died Thursday (April 1, 1999) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Arrangements are pending at Leggett Funeral Home, Hopkins Park.

Irma Rice

WATSEKA - Irma Rice, 75, of Watseka, died Thursday (April 1, 1999) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee.
Arrangements are pending at Baier Funeral Home, Watseka.


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